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Los Angeles Chargers May Scouting Report
Brad Willis

If the Los Angeles Chargers can stay healthy, they may be a decent team. Still, with coming off of 9-23 seasons, it’s clearly going to be a "show me" situation, as words are meaningless. Nonetheless, it appears that the Bolts had a very solid 2017 draft, although I was surprised by a few of their moves, or lack thereof. Here’s a look at the team, as things currently stand.

QB: Obviously, it’s all about Philip Rivers, who should be able to sling it, even at the "seasoned" age of 35. It appears that the team has upgraded its offensive line, through draft and free agency, and Rivers’ receivers also appear improved, as long as they stay healthy. It has the potential to be a very good season for Rivers, with plenty of solid targets available. I was surprised that the Chargers didn’t draft their "quarterback of the future", but apparently they’re comfortable that Rivers has at least 3-5 more good seasons in him.

RB: It’s no secret that RB Melvin Gordon has gone from bust to star. Expect Gordon to be among the top fantasy running backs chosen in most fantasy drafts. Word is that RB Branden Oliver has looked explosive, although his fantasy value has yet to be determined. RB Kenjon Barner has considerable potential, but obviously all of these guys will play second fiddle to Gordon, as long as he remains healthy.

WR: In the first round, Los Angeles drafted big-bodied WR Mike Williams out of Clemson. Take Williams and combine him with WR Keenan Allen, WR Dontrelle Inman, WR Tyrell Williams and WR Travis Benjamin and you can see that the Bolts may have one of the better groups of wideouts in the league.

TE: Big TE Antonio Gates is a slam dunk future Hall of Famer. But at nearly 37 years of age, expect to see a bigger role for the less experienced, but more explosive TE Hunter Henry. Henry may be worth targeting in your fantasy draft, but if Gates remains healthy, this will limit Henry’s numbers.

PK: The job is PK Josh Lambo’s to lose, but don’t be shocked if he receives a solid challenge from Korean PK Younghoe Koo.

DEF: Defense was a major emphasis in the 2nd part of this year’s NFL draft. In 4th round, the team selected S Rayshawn Jenkins out of Miami. Jenkins is strong and physical, and while he won’t likely start at this stage, he will have every opportunity to compete. In the 5th round, the Chargers grabbed CB Desmond King out of Iowa. King looks like a nice grab in the 5th and could be moved to safety. The Chargers also signed free agent S Tre Boston formerly of Carolina. Boston was presumably acquired on the cheap, yet could see a fair amount of playing time. Of course, outstanding DE Joey Bosa and LB Melvin Ingram remain. CB Jason Verrett is possibly one of the better corners in the game, but has a slight build and a history of injury. If Verrett stays healthy, he will be a playmaker, but can he actually stay healthy.

That’s my report for now. I am a disgruntled San Diego fan, a longtime season ticket holder, and have major problems with ownership and the NFL’s decision to relocate the Chargers. But it is what it is. We’ll continue to keep you updated with pertinent information designed to help you win a fantasy championship.


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